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Classical music invades the space of the Buffalo Common Council

The Buffalo Common Council chambers do not usually echo with anything that could be considered music to the ears. That will change, however, at noon Thursday, when the City Hall space hosts a free concert of classical music.

There will music by Bela Bartok and George Antheil, both modernists working in the era in which City Hall was built. The concert ends with the B Minor Partita for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. And the first piece is a beautiful sonatina for violin and cello by Arthur Honegger, composed in 1932, the year City Hall officially opened.

“This neo-classical work, traditional in sound and structure, is emblematic of how composers in the 1920s and ’30s often looked back to older musical forms to help organize their music, in much the same way the architects of Buffalo’s City Hall might have looked at ancient Roman architecture to inspire the design of the Common Council chambers,” organizers explain.

The concert is courtesy of Music in Buffalo’s Historic Places, an offbeat series spearheaded by University at Buffalo pianist Eric Huebner. Performing will be violinist Yuki Numata Resnick and her husband, trumpeter Kyle Resnick, as well as cellist Jonathan Golove. Golove and Yuki Namata Resnick are on the UB faculty, while Kyle Resnick teaches at Buffalo State College. Admission is free.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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